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Coronavirus Misinformation: Weekly Briefings

Given the evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—and public understanding of the crises—we provide a weekly briefing about the spread of coronavirus information across multiple social media platforms. We will be posting all coronavirus briefings to this page, so check back regularly for our ...

2020-08-03T11:23:17+01:00August 3rd, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Follow the Money: How the Online Advertising Ecosystem Funds COVID-19 Junk News and Disinformation

As people around the world turn towards search engines to access information about COVID-19, it is important to understand why and how users are being exposed to junk news content. In this memo, we examine the role of search engines and their optimization processes in ...

2020-08-03T14:52:27+01:00August 3rd, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News Distribution on Telegram: The Visibility of English-language News Sources on Public Telegram Channels

Messaging platforms such as Telegram are key channels for the dissemination of misinformation and junk news. So far there are very few large-scale studies of how news and political content circulates on these platforms. We use a large open access dataset to analyze which English-language ...

2020-07-20T13:39:19+01:00July 20th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Covid-19 News and Information from State-Backed Outlets Targeting French, German and Spanish-Speaking Social Media Users

Understanding Chinese, Iranian, Russian and Turkish Outlets In this data memo, we examine French, German and Spanish-language distribution of coronavirus (COVID-19) news and information originating from media outlets backed by the governments of China, Iran, Russia and Turkey. We measure the total distribution networks of ...

2020-06-30T14:22:59+01:00June 29th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Coronavirus News and Information on YouTube: A Content Analysis of Popular Search Terms

Social media is reshaping how people access information about the coronavirus crisis. The online video-sharing website YouTube has emerged as a major purveyor of health and wellbeing information. In this memo, we examine the nature and structural properties of a sample of 320 YouTube videos ...

2020-06-05T12:41:55+01:00April 17th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Coronavirus Coverage by State-Backed English-Language News Sources

In this data memo, we examine the distribution of health-related news and information on social media of the English-language news outlets backed by the governments of China, Iran, Russia and Turkey. We measure the social distribution networks used on Twitter and Facebook and the levels ...

2020-04-17T13:31:02+01:00April 9th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

The Challenges of Monitoring Social Media in the Arab World: The Case of the 2019 Tunisian Elections

Tunisian civil society groups raised alarms about the spread of disinformation and hate speech during the 2019 elections. These concerns centered around the legal and technical obstacles faced by Tunisian civil society actors monitoring elections on social media. We interviewed civil society leaders and digital ...

2020-03-22T20:38:37+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News & Information Sharing During the 2019 UK General Election

Today, an estimated 75% of the British public access information about politics and public life online, and 40% do so via social media. With this context in mind, we investigate information sharing patterns over social media in the lead-up to the 2019 UK General Elections, and ...

2019-12-09T12:44:25+00:00December 9th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Industry responses to computational propaganda and social media manipulation

What have Internet companies done to combat the creation and spread of computational propaganda on their platforms and services? What do the leading players’ initiatives tell us about their coping strategies? How are their actions supported by the companies’ terms and policies for users and ...

2019-11-22T17:33:00+00:00November 22nd, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

OxTEC: Elections, technology and political campaigning in the United Kingdom

OxTEC’s final report, by Phil Howard and Lisa-Maria Neudert, sets out a series of recommendations aimed at securing the information infrastructure of elections and creating a trusted environment for the democratic use of technology. The report highlights areas for immediate action for policymakers, political parties, ...

2019-10-16T16:01:03+01:00October 16th, 2019|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|